ABOUT THE DANCING NATRAJ PENDANT:
The figure of Natraj, which is one of the many names of Shiva, one of the three major deities in the Hindu religion. While Shiva is often described as "the destroyer”, he is also instrumental in the creation of new life and in resurrection. When Shiva assumes the form of Natraj, he is performing a dance that is said to have several different functions.
The figure of Natraj is often shown dancing enclosed in a burning circle. The burning circle represents the cosmic energy Natraj creates and channels. His energy and enthusiasm are said to destroy the old and create new life. His dance is said to represent the energy and life cycle of the universe. Additionally, it is said that Shiva's dancing (as Natraj) is the energy that keeps the universe running, and that if he ever stops dancing the universe will cease to exist. He is also often represented as standing on top of a demon, to show that he has the power to conquer evil and spiritual ignorance.
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